Rihanna stays winning. The artist, designer, and makeup mogul was honored with the highest award given at the NAACP Image award’s ceremony.
The 51st annual NAACP Image Awards took place on Saturday night. The ceremony is hosted by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Each year the NAACP recognizes and honors outstanding performances in film, television, music, and literature. This year’s winners included some big names.
Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx, and Lizzo were among the bunch who went home with an award. However, Rihanna had the honor of receiving the prestigious President’s Award for her philanthropic work.
Following the presentation, the singer gave a powerful speech that rallied the room into roaring applause.
“Tonight is not really about me, because the purpose is bigger than me, right?” she started. “It’s not bigger than us together, but it’s bigger than me because my part is a very small part of the work that is being done in this world and the work that is yet to be done.”
“I’m lucky I was able to start the Clara Lionel Foundation in 2012,” she continued.
“If there’s anything I’ve learned, it’s that we can fix this world together. We can’t do it divided. I can’t emphasize that enough. We can’t let the desensitivity seep in—the ‘If it’s your problem, it’s not mine.’ ‘It’s a woman’s problem.’ ‘It’s a black people problem.’ ‘It’s a poor people problem.’ How many of us in this room have colleagues and partners and friends from other races, sexes, religions? Show of hands? Well then, they want to break bread with you, right? They like you? Well then, this is their problem, too. So when we’re marching and protesting and posting about the Michael Brown, Jr.s and the Atatiana Jeffersons of the world, tell your friends to pull up.”
Furthermore, she concluded with “Imagine what we could do together. Thank you for this honor.”
Spoken like a true queen.
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